First, I must thank the members of Cal South for being such great hosts, providing all the participants, referees and administrators with a top quality event. Cal South can claim double kudos for putting on a great event and seeing their team, the L.A. Wolves, win the playoffs. The L.A. Wolves will represent USASA Region IV at the national finals. Eric Wynalda, coach of the L.A. Wolves, told me that the Wolves are very interested in hosting the national championship.
The “championship game between the L.A. Wolves and the Latina Soccer League Union Jerez was played under sunny skies, and 91 degrees on the field, at the beautiful Silver Lakes Soccer Complex.
The game was deadlocked at 0-0 after regulation time and during the extra periods of play the Wolves finally broke down the tough Union Jerez defense and put the game out of reach 3-0.
An additional word of praise is in order for the members of the Portland State University. Their spirit and attitude was the example for all of the other participants. They came to the playoffs with only twelve players, took two lashings and then finished their tournament with a 5-5 tie. They overcame adversity, demoralizing defeats and finished without ever uttering a negative comment and finished the tournament in high spirits. They got their reward in the final match coming back four times to tie the game 5-5. They also stated, as they were getting ready to drive back to Portland, Oregon, that they will enter the cup again next year.
The referees also should be given our gratitude for their performances. We learned that several of the referees attending did so at their own expense, receiving no financial help from their state associations.
As in all events there were some things that could bear improvement. There are several rule modifications or clarifications that I would like considered at a later date. Nothing way out of line but issues that I feel need clarification.
End Region IV Cup Commissioners report
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Regional Event - Silver Lakes Soccer Complex in Norco, CA
National Final - TBD
National Final - Aug 4-6, 2017